Mrs. Dorothy Martel – President
Dorothy has lived in Mississauga since 1992, moving to the GTA from Montreal. Dorothy was a member of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee for numerous years initially as a member at large and then as a representative for Learning Disabilities Mississauga.
Dorothy was also a Board Member for the Unity for Autism Foundation charity and continues to volunteer when possible. Dorothy is always looking to give back and participate in her community. This is Dorothy’s second term on the Board of Directors.
Mrs. Laura Sluce – Vice-President
Laura is a Chartered Professional Accountant with significant experience in public accounting. Laura is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where she specializes in providing professional services to a wide variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
Laura also volunteers for Community Living Mississauga as a member of the Quality Management Committee. A resident of Mississauga since 2009, she and her husband, Victor, have two sons, Aidan and Patrick. This is Laura’s second term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Pran Kirtani – Vice-President
Pran is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is working with National Compressed Air Canada as their Director of Sales. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with additional qualifications in Management and IT. Born in India, he has travelled widely around the world and has an impeccable professional record. With his knowledge and expertise, he has been helping his clients and partners in all corners of the globe for over two decades.
In addition to his outstanding professional achievements, he also takes special interest in music, poetry and movie making. Collaborating with other passionate local artists, he has been involved in creating thought provoking music and videos in the Hindi language. Pran is a resident of Mississauga since 2005 where he lives with his wife Reema, son Mayank and daughter Sakshi. This is Pran’s second term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Shibu Abraham – Treasurer
Shibu is a Chartered Professional Accountant with extensive experience in public practice and industry. He completed his primary and secondary education from India and has held various senior financial positions working in India, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea and the United States. He is currently in public practice and provides consulting and advisory services to corporations listed on the securities exchange. Shibu, his wife Shoba and their two children Jovita and Jeshua have been residents of Mississauga since 2007. Shibu is a member of the Finance Committee and is serving his third term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Ron Shum – Secretary
Ron was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has resided in Mississauga for the past fourteen years. Ron is a graduate of the Access for Success program at Humber College. After graduation Ron volunteered for seven years with the Access for Success program mentoring students. For the past seven years Ron has worked as a baker in Toronto for Lemon and Allspice.
In his spare time Ron enjoys socializing with friends and traveling to such places as China, Vancouver, Miami and Edmonton. Ron currently sits on the Rights Review Committee at Community Living Mississauga and is serving his third term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Stephen Dasko
Stephen is a lifelong resident of Mississauga. He has a solid educational and professional background in financial markets, and government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Stephen is the Councillor for Ward 1 in the City of Mississauga. He has worked to better the community for over 20 years and continues to be involved in local charitable causes. Stephen will use his knowledge and experience to ensure their voice is heard. This is Stephen’s second term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Rick North
Rick has resided in Mississauga for over twenty years. He spent his entire business career working in the field of International Transportation, most recently as the Executive Vice President of The Cavalier Group of Companies (Bolton, Ontario). Rick has served on the Board of the Transportation Sales and Marketing Association for 8 years and was awarded the “Outstanding Service Award” in recognition of his contributions to the association and development of professionalism in the industry.
Rick also served on the Board of the ATA American Trucking Association, Sales & Marketing Council for 5 years. Now retired after 46 years in the industry, Rick has been volunteering with Community Living Mississauga’s Annual Golf Classic. Rick is married to Monique and has two children, Emily & Will along with two grandchildren that reside in Vancouver B. C. This will be Rick’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Holly Pellizzer
Holly first became involved with Community Living Mississauga over 13years ago when she was looking for work and was referred to the Employment Resource Centre. Since then, Holly maintains a busy schedule working at Cineplex as well as Whole Foods. For more than 30 years, Holly has lived with her family in Mississauga.
She enjoys being active and involved in her community. She is a member of the Leadership group, enjoys the arts, listening to live bands, attending museums and travelling with her family. This is Holly’s second term on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Candice Roberts
Candice has lived in Mississauga for over forty years. Candice loves to be creative, such as painting and drawing and is an avid cupcake maker. She enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle by swimming, boxing and working out. Candice is an avid traveler and enjoys going to Florida with her mom. Candice has also served as a member of the Awards and Recognition Committee for the last five years and this experience has prompted Candice to get further involved with Community Living Mississauga in a variety of capacities. Candice is serving her third term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Craig Ross
Craig is a partner with Pallett Valo LLP and is the practice group head of the firm’s Wills, Estates & Trusts Practice. Craig’s expertise has been consistently recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert Professional Directories.
Craig has significant experience assisting families with children who have disabilities. In addition to the Board, Craig sits on the Rights Review Committee. Craig is also a regular speaker and writer on subjects of estate planning and planning for beneficiaries who have a disability. This is Craig’s first term on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Greg Symons
Greg’s involvement with Community Living Mississauga began in 2000 when he was awarded the mandate to manage the Community Living Mississauga Foundation investment portfolio. As a Director and Portfolio Manager for ScotiaMcLeod, Greg specializes in designing and implementing strategies to enhance and sustain their client’s financial future. This includes developing cohesive total financial solutions which include financial planning, estate planning and insurance risk analysis.
Greg’s interest in Community Living Mississauga expanded over the years and he has committed a great deal of his time as a volunteer with Community Living Mississauga chairing the Annual Golf Classic and also serves on the organization’s Annual Tribute Dinner Committee. Greg, his wife Kathy and their children Michael and Gillian have been residents of Mississauga since 1982. This is Greg’s first term on the Board of Directors.